The world was rocked by the death of singer-songwriter and activist Nina Simone on Tuesday, as the internet was filled with shock and grief.
Simone died at the age of 84 after a long battle with lung cancer.
“Nina Simone died in Los Angeles, California, at the end of March,” the Los Angeles Times quoted a source in the music industry as saying.
“It was just so tragic.
She was one of the most powerful women in music.”
The Times quoted the source as saying that Simone had a “long and passionate” relationship with her late husband, singer Buddy Rich, and their children.
Simone’s death “has devastated our industry, and we all feel very, very sad about it,” a spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said.
The RIAA was quick to condemn the news.
“The RIAAS is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nina Simone, and her death is an outrage to all of us,” the group’s executive director, Cary Sherman, said in a statement.
“There is no place for violence in music.
Our hearts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”
Simone was born in 1950 and spent the first half of her career performing in rock bands before moving to the forefront of the pop music scene.
She had a tumultuous career as a musician, working with the likes of The Clash, the Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and other iconic bands.
Simone was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1976 for the song ‘I Wish You Would Be Here’.
She later released a second album in 1983, ‘The Story of My Life’, which featured hits such as ‘Hey Mama’ and ‘Baby Don’t Let Me Down’.
The song was nominated in three consecutive Grammy Awards in 1987, 1990 and 1996, for best original song and best R&B/pop album.
Simone also released three albums of original music in the 1990s, including ‘Dress Like a Lady’, ‘Ain’t No Love Like This’ and her ‘Love Will Find Me’ and, most famously, ‘Darling Nikki’.
She was awarded an Academy Award in 1992 for her contribution to the American film industry, but she has never won an Oscar.
She died on March 24.